Monday, July 11, 2016

The twisted view of "romance" in our culture

As a writer of historical romances, I find the display of so called romance on TV shows, movies, and some books a complete perversion of the true meaning and value of the way God intended romance to be.

This is how the story usually goes:
  • Boy meets girl.
  • Boy thinks girl is totally hot
  • Girl thinks boy is totally hot
  • They jump in the sack and have passionate sex
  • Something happens that puts a rift between them (no wonder, they barely know each other)
  • They separate. Miss each other.
  • Problem gets fixed and they jump back in the sack
  • They live happily ever after

But do they live happily ever after?
The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%; the divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60%; the divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%

Wow, you would think that by your third marriage, you'd have a clue what you were doing wrong!

There is a reason God asks us to reserve sex for after marriage. It's not because He's some kind of meany or kill-joy! After all, He created sex. And since He created it, He knows that the thrill of the physical act fades, along with the physical beauty of your partner, over the years.   If that's all your relationship is based on, you're in big trouble.

We live in a world where everything revolves around physical beauty. The beautiful, sexy people are the ones who get all the attention, have the fame, the money, have the hot boyfriends or girlfriends.  No attention is paid to the far more important aspect of a person. Their character. Kindness, Gentleness, Charity, Selflessness, Honor, Honesty, Patience... you get my drift.

Trouble is, determining a person's character takes time, perhaps even years. Romance in God's eyes is far too slow for our fast-paced society.  God wants us to wait. To get to know a person before we hop into bed with them. Believe me, you don't get to know a person that way. Sex is a very powerful force that will consume a couple and steal their focus off of what's truly important in their relationship. It glosses over all the possible problems that will surface later. It covers up a person's true character and replaces it with the allure of "having a good time."

When a relationship is based purely on physical attraction, it is doomed to end tragically, leaving behind heartache and a feeling of dirtiness and unworthy.  The worst part about it is, the same promiscuity that is found in the world is also found among Christians. Why? Because somewhere we bought the lie that the rules laid down by the Being who Created us, rules meant for our happiness, are archaic and need to be adjusted for our contemporary culture. Somehow we believe that God couldn't have possibly predicted that someday it would be accepted and normal to have sex with whomever we wanted, whenever we wanted.

Might I suggest that in His wisdom and foreknowledge, that's exactly why He gave us His Word in the first place. He knew that in the middle of the darkness, we would a compass to point toward the light.

Thoughts?


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9 comments:

  1. Well written post. It is so sad seeing all the divorces among my christian acquaintances. I agree - the world has turned us all into "sight and feeling pleasure" as most important. God has things in order for a reason! We need to keep following Him.

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  2. Thanks Ladies! It's so easy to get caught up in appearances and to mistake physical attraction for love. I fear for so many young people today.

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  3. Preach it sister! A lot of the blame should be put on Hollywood. Sex(nowadays homosexuality)is portrayed as glamorous and is even encouraged outside of marriage. It's getting to the point where I don't even want to see any new movies or shows.

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    1. So true, Chappy. Several of my favorite shows now have homosexuals in them and they show full on lip kisses! Good grief!

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  4. I worked in the abstinence program for 6 years and one of the things I saw was such a lack of trust between couples. All caused from jumping into bed. For the last 8 years there have been no abstinence programs in our state. Instead they are teaching abstinence plus. Which makes no sense to me. Hopefully that will soon change. some of the stories the girls told me would break your heart.

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